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Lapa Ríos Ecoresort

Region:Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Habitats:Beach / Tropical Rainforest

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Transport Time to/from Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Option 1: By land
Bus: 9 hrs
Option 2: By air
Hotel to/from airport:15 - 60 mins
Plane & bus:2 hrs


Costa Rica Handbook, Moon Publications (2005) - The much-heralded Lapa Rios, overlooking Cabo Matapalo, is an exquisite resort—"an anteroom for heaven"—that enjoys a great location atop a ridge overlooking the ocean.

Located on the Osa Peninsula south of Puerto Jimenez, this eco-resort offers 14 luxuriously appointed bungalows with screened windows, hardwood floors, private balconies and both inside and outside private showers. There is a swimming pool with bar and sundeck, and a terraced restaurant hangs over the forest with a view of the sea. 1,000 acres of private reserve include a sandy stretch of virgin beach. Hot climate.

Wilderness adventure in a class by itself... Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one's idea of paradise.

Lapa Rios was built by John and Karen Lewis as a private nature reserve. A Minnesota couple driven by a vision, John and Karen liquidated all their assets to finance the purchase of a large tract of rainforest and to build the small supporting tourism project.

Lapa Rios is built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges connected by walking paths and steps. Built over 350 feet above the sea, Lapa Rios catches the cooling tropical breezes. The main lodge, housing the restaurant and bar, soars 50 feet and is built of local, natural materials. Palm thatched roofs meet a three-story hardwood circular stairway. Climb to overlook the forest canopy and breathtaking ocean vistas. Comfortable, locally made bamboo furniture adds to relaxation in this tranquil panorama of nature.

All 14 thatched bungalows have an ocean view and are surrounded by the rain forest. Guests feel part of the outdoors as constant tropical breezes pass through screened window walls. Each bungalow features a private deck and patio garden, complete with an outdoor shower. Interior shower baths are tiled and two washbasins are set in cristobal wood, matching the polished floors. Two queen-size beds are draped with mosquito netting. A private, romantic setting.

In Lapa Rios you will find spacious accommodations in the bungalows, international cuisine and a kind, outgoing staff. Combined with this comfort Lapa Rios offers a wilderness adventure few ever experience. Lapa Rios is part of the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, the same forest as nearby Corcovado Park. Miles of private, uncrowded trails in prime rainforest, cool rivers wild with waterfalls and pools, and unspoiled, safe sand beaches. All tours use trained naturalists for guides.

Apr. 10, 2009“The two nights we had at Tortuguero were absolutely fascinating.”
Dear Nadya: We have just returned from our holiday and I wanted to tell you that our week in Costa Rica couldn't have gone better. I did fill in the questionnaire but then promptly lost it in the packing! Everyone who collected us, drove us and guided us were so nice and informative. They were always on time and couldn't have done more for us.

The two nights we had at Tortuguero were absolutely fascinating and we loved the drive up there as we could see so much of the country and "Con 1," the guide, was full of information. Then the boat trips were so exciting. Tortuga Lodge was perfect. Lapa Rios was excellent - a real opposite to Tortuguero and equally as fascinating - very good to do both areas. Also the flights were interesting as we could see what the country looked like from the air. What a wonderful country you live in and everyone was so friendly - we couldn't have enjoyed it more. Thank you so much for organising it so well.
-Rozzie Buxton, UK

Jun. 26, 2007“Excellent service, planning, escort, tour, lodging and transportation.”
I would be happy to reply and praise the excellent service, planning, escort, tour, lodging and transportation that Costa Rica Expeditions provided Sam and I. We continue to share our experience and thoughts about your staff and especially our stay at Lapa Rios Ecoresort and Lands in Love. Our guide in Lapa Rios was especially fabulous, I so wish I remembered her name. She helps teach at the school, her father is in engineer in Costa Rica, and she has a brother living in the U.S. while attending school in Kansas. Lands in Love was unique, while not luxurious like the other resorts, it was warm, fun and the people were extraordinary. The tour we took rappelling into the canyon was fabulous. The Lost Iguana Resort was another highlight. Although the turtle season was past, Tortuguero was still pleasant and our guide was terrific.
-Judy Yablong

Jun. 23, 2005''Your efforts and energy made sure we had our best trip ever.''
We have been home almost a week and are still talking non-stop about all the wonderful things we saw and did in CR!!! Had we known that the Marriott was so gorgeous and an oasis in SJ we could have just stayed there a few days ( < :

We especially enjoyed our adventures in Tortuguero w/Gerardo Aguilar on the river. Cesar was a gracious host and helped make our stay there superb. We all agree we would like to return to Tortuquero. We were able to see one turtle on our night walk. We managed to survive the little plane experiences. Being so remote was very special.

On our drive to Monteverde, Stephen was a wealth of information re: culture, food, history, education and ecology. We had plenty of time to discuss everything as a big rig had crashed on the infamous Pan American Hwy. The road to Monteverde definitely needs work. Our kidneys took a beating both directions, but again we lived to tell about it. Elliamar, our guide in Monteverde, was the BEST. He was well spoken, knowledgeable and fascinating to listen to. One day we were soaked to the skin, including boots and rain gear. We have never experienced rain like that. Our son Phil happen to meet one of his Professors from his college, also staying @ the Monteverde Lodge. Amazing. Our driver down the mtn didn't speak much English but took us to a restaurant for a "pit stop" and breakfast. The rice and chicken dish was scrumptious and will always be remembered.

Lapa Ríos Ecoresort was the highlight of our trip. Staying right in the rainforest was unbelievably exciting, relaxing and educating--fabulous wildlife that constantly entertained us. The surfing was uncrowded and allowed Alison and Phil to feel very successful. What a setting. The food @ Lapa Rios was unsurpassed anywhere else during our trip. The choice of fresh food was terrific. Again we survived the small plane rides. Whew!

We were pleasantly surprised when Julio met us on our return to SJ. We had a lengthy layover before leaving for Tamarindo and he took us to a typical CR restaurant where our lunch was yummy. We also stayed cool @ the Plaza Mayor. Julio was incredibly well informed and was able to answer even the toughest questions. We saw a bit of SJ so that was fine.

Tamarindo was where we relaxed an unwound. Cala Luna Hotel & Villas was lovely and very roomy. The small pool w/each villa is very convenient. We did find it to be a little too far from the town and the surfing area which for my children was very important. We ended up renting a car and driving where we needed to go. We headed down to Avellena and spent a day there--what a spot. We thoroughly enjoyed Tamarindo, the beach and swimming in the ocean.

This is a very long way to say THANK YOU SO MUCH. All your efforts and energy made sure we had our best trip ever.

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